It’s raining in the Dolomites. We’re off to the beach! #bikepackingroundtheadriatic @Alpkit

After a week of climbing up cols and linking up singletrack descents in the Dolomites, yesterday it was time to trundle downhill towards the coast and away from the evening thunderstrorms. Bikepacking in the mountains had proved more fun and exciting than we had hoped. It was possible to ride almost exclusively off road between mountain refuges and, although many of the descents were guess work, most of the time we got lucky (though some of the time we did not!).
We spent a couple of nights in Cortina so we could ditch the bikes and scamper up into Via Ferrara territory then spend the afternoon trying on expensive Italian cashmere we had no intention of buying. Cortina is a beautiful town with a low lying 70’s throwback (when it hosted the Winter Olympics) and is nestled amongst evergreen forest that then give way to sheer vertical peak. I have already made plans to return.
We climbed out of Cortina and headed east to Sapadda with a watchful eye on the ever building clouds. We found a great spot high on a hill by a river but in some trees and set up camp before the heavens opened.
The following day after coffee in a Refugio we rolled downhill all day and out of the high peaks once and for all.
Our next mission is Gorizia where Ernest Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms is based. We are on our way there now but have stopped briefly to spend a soggy night in an odd half built building near Gemoa. Glamorous.
More soon

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